Susan Komen was a daughter, sister and friend. She was also a strong and compassionate woman who, while battling her own sickness, cared for other women who were fighting breast cancer. She had compassion for those who wore the same badge of breast cancer and she wanted to help.
The best stage four breast cancer treatment varies from person to person, depending on many factors. Things like health insurance coverage, tolerance for the treatment side effects and availability of treatments will affect what options of a person with fourth stage breast cancer. Various forms of chemotherapy, hormone treatments and targeted therapies are the primary treatments used in stage four breast cancer patients. Remission during stage four is rare and the treatments are still not an exact science.
Since 1999, a very focused Congresswoman has been doing her part to try to improve health care for women. Rosa DeLauro has been tirelessly promoting a law to various congressional committees urging them to consider what is called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act. This act, if approved by both the house and the senate will have a far reaching benefit regarding the minimal hospital stay for mastectomies and lumpectomies. This issue has been at the forefront of women's advocacy groups and doctors for years and is a subject that has drawn great passion from both sides of the debate.
As we as women all know and have been told as we grow older is that early detection of breast cancer is the best way to beat it. There are women who are diagnosed with Stage Four breast cancer. What are the chances for survival? What are the treatments for this stage of cancer? Is it curable? With research continuing, incidence of stage four discovery will hopefully be a thing of the past.
With any type of cancer there are stages defined which determine treatment protocols as well as which indicate to medical professionals involved, an idea of how far the cancer has or has not advanced. With breast cancer this rating process defines stages III and IV as advanced breast cancer stages. There are many factors that determine the stage the cancer is in but there are some general rules that can be applied when it is rated. Based on the stage of the cancer the breast cancer treatment is then assessed by the doctor and a plan of approach is then discussed with the patient. Within these parameters patients have input into their treatment.